I love knitting Christmas gifts for my family because everybody wants knit hats (which knit up so quickly and easily). Unfortunately, planning these gifts is never as easy as it should be.
I always want to give the perfect gift. I want everyone to leave with something I know they will love and wear over and over again until it's threadbare. So, I developed a fun little tradition. Every year, I arrive on Christmas Eve with small gifts for everyone, candies, coffee mugs, gift cards, etc. Then, I bring out my box full of hats.
Throughout the year, I place every hat that I make inside this box. By the time Christmas comes, I often have 30+! Then on Christmas Eve, everyone gets to choose their favorite one (or two, if the box is really overflowing). Any hats leftover at the end of the night either get donated to charity or put into my personal stash.
This way, everyone leaves with something they love, and I don’t have to stress about choosing patterns/colors for each person. This system has also saved me on a couple occasions, when someone brings an unexpected guest that nobody bought gifts for. With the box, nobody goes home empty-handed.
Now, without further ado, I introduce the next hat going into the box: the Mirror Mountain Beanie.
Usually when I make hats, I choose a pattern that has a 4 or 5 section repeat, like a cable pattern. That way, you can put the hat on facing any direction and it will look the same. However, this time I decided to do something a little different.
This hat is called “mirror mountain” because of the two triangle “mountains” placed right across from each other. They mirror each other, perfectly symmetrical, and look a bit different depending on what angle you wear the hat at. To me, it’s one of the oddballs in the hat box that adds personality to the batch.
As a word of warning, this is perhaps the first intermediate-leveled pattern on this site. There's nothing too tricky about the stitches, but it does require a fairly strong attention span to read through the instructions without getting lost. That being said, anyone who is good at spotting patterns will probably understand the repeats and ditch the instructions halfway through anyway.
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